I spend a good portion of my life in my car. When I really stop and think about it, I would easily say that I spend (on average) 3-4 hours a day in my car (with and without my family of 7). From morning drop-off to preschool and then off to work meetings (many times 30-40 minutes away from my home); to after-school activities with my children (our swim team is 30 minutes away); to just general – need-to-get-done chores – the time I spend in my car seems to be quite a lot!
With all of this time in my car, and with the fall season completely in full swing here in Rhode Island, much of my driving is done at night. I’m not someone who is afraid of night driving, it’s just part of my normal routine. In order to get my kids to their swim practice and CCD classes throughout the fall and winter months, it’s done during “dark” hours. Darkness settles in here at around 6:00 pm, which is MUCH different than during the summer months, and is something that we must adjust to. Safety on the roads is a very crucial issue to think about and it’s something that hopefully runs through the minds of everyone on the roads. When it comes to my family’s safety, we’re very good at keeping our car (2013 Chevy Suburban) up-to-date on the types of things that we “know” to do:
- Routine Oil Changes
- Checking the Tire Pressure
- Checking the Windshield Wipers (keeping fluid to the max)
These are the things I think about and make sure we’re always on top of, but there’s something I don’t really think too much about, and it’s something that really needs to be taken seriously when it comes to safety for you and your family while you’re driving at night – condition of your headlights. Nighttime driving is important year round as driver visibility is a vital contributor to the safety of drivers and their families. The safety of your headlights is even more important during daylight savings time as it gets darker earlier. Headlights are a driver’s first line of defense from an accident, but it is often not something drivers consider as a vital maintenance item alongside windshield wipers and tires.
I’ve partnered with SYLVANIA this season to share the importance of safety during nighttime driving for driver visibility and how this can easily be accomplished by upgrading your headlights. The best part is that upgrading your headlights is an EASY task that you can do yourself at home. It’s cost effective and something that will truly ensure safety for you and your family each time you’re behind the wheel. Upgrading to better down-road headlight bulbs can help add more visibility, which can equate to additional reaction time. A headlight switch to a product like SYLVANIA’s SilverStar® ULTRAs provides a brighter light for more clarity, which helps maximize down-road visibility.
When my family started this project with SYLVANIA, I hadn’t even thought about the power of our headlights. With my busy life, I would just hop into the car with the kids and head off to the next thing on our list of activities. My main concern with the kids has always been seat belt safety, car seat safety, making sure we have enough gas to get to where we needed to be and making sure the car was running smoothly. That was it. I was used to our headlights, of course, but never thought anything about them until we upgraded. I took a video of us driving home with our original headlights on at night (while it was raining), and you can clearly see that one of our headlights (the right one) is much more dim than the left. It wasn’t until I was thinking about looking at them, that really made me see this important difference. Talk about safety? I mean, we were virtually driving around with one working headlight! When we made the upgrade with the SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRAs, the difference was shocking to me.
Take a look:
Let me tell you about the SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA headlight bulbs that we’re now using and why they’re a great option for us. The SYLVANIA SilverStar® ULTRA headlight bulbs have whiter and brighter light for more clarity, as you can easily see in my video. They provide additional side-road and down-road visibility compared to your basic headlight bulbs.
They help drivers identify and react sooner to road hazards such as debris, animals, disabled vehicles or pedestrians. Being able to see street signs and road markings more clearly can help a driver with increased reaction time. Not to mention, whiter light also improves contrast, allowing a driver to better distinguish objects on the side of the road… all without increasing glare for oncoming traffic. I also want to make sure that I mention that the cost of the headlights is extremely cost effective at around $45.
Remember this for yourself and your car — headlights can dim over time, so replacement before burnout is a great idea. You might not even realize (like me) that your headlights have dimmed or are yellowed. Another easy way to do this, if you can’t remember the last time they were replaced (or at all), it’s a good idea to have it done. Don’t forget how quickly you can do this on your own at home. If you need assistance because you don’t know much about cars or their inner workings, ask a friend or neighbor (or spouse!) to help you out! In just 10 minutes, we upgraded our headlights to brand new ones!
I want to thank SYLVANIA for partnering with me on this project. I hadn’t known the seriousness of upgrading my headlights until seeing first-hand the true difference. I’m all about safety with my family and I hadn’t even realized just how unsafe it was to be driving around with the headlights that I was using. Take the time to check your headlights and upgrade this season.
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Disclosure: Sponsored posting. All opinions are 100% my own.